A Westchester Mom’s Guide to Holiday Gifting Parties

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Westchester County Moms Blog, Gift Guide to Holiday Gifting Parties

Bring on the merrymaking, decorations, music, parties, and shopping! Fa, la, la, – wait, shopping?! Strolling, latte in hand, casually ogling wonderfully curated holiday displays enjoying the festive music in the background to select gifts I secretly want too. Consequently, managing two businesses plus my family leaves little to no time for the type of shopping I daydream about. 

It’s about what’s inside, rightThe below list recommends Westchester hotspots and hidden gems that offer products and/or gift cards to indulge in, as well as keeping in mind the price limits of $20-$30 set by most holiday gifting parties – Yankee Swap, White Elephant, or Secret Santa.

Health & Beauty

  • Full Blown Westchester – Open Christmas Eve for the last minute Holiday blow-out we all want and deserve.
  • Hastings Yoga – Give the gift of breathe, inspiration, and support. Drop-ins are $20, and those new to the studio pay $30 for one week unlimited sessions.
  • Nfared – A 30 minute session will make friends feel relaxed, rejuvenated and even a little indulgent.
  • Rev Cycle – Popular cycling studio playing today’s hits, located in Ardsley as well as Yonkers. A single ride is $18.

Foodies

  • Boro6 – Two words we all want to hear: date night. Start with a Cosmo and the epic Avocado Toast.
  • Bread & Brine – Another great date night option – oysters and bloody Mary’s. Or go down the comfort food route with their house made pretzels and crab dip.
  • Campbell Meats – For the carnivores, a charcuterie platter serving 4 at $30. Or dive into their mason jar collection, $10 per jar – highly recommend the chicken liver pate.
  • St George Bistro – A gift card here can cover a weeknight two course pre-fixe for $25 or unlimited mimosas or bloody mary’s at brunch for $15.
  • Tarry Market – Westchester’s Eataly. As a result your gift card to either the market or restaurant will garner thievery and smiles during your holiday games.

Caffeine

  • Brrzaar – Give the gift of warmth this winter, a gift card to indulge in brrzaar’s hot chocolate bar. Or for the busy mom-boss, a gift card means you can schedule your next business lunch at their new Bridge Street location – efficient and delicious.
  • Muddy Water – Another cafe-lovers gem. Savor in their coffee, matcha, pastries, tees, WiFi, and cozy Brooklyn-esqe ambiance.

Fashion & Fun

  • Blue Hill Market – A gift certificate to the market at Stone Barns helps one splurge on a new cookbook or secret lunch get-away at the cafe.
  • Chelsea Dry Goods – Shop and enjoy their well curated selection of must-have kitchen items, pop culture gag gifts, and thoughtful zip code based stationary. Also note, gift-wrapping is available.
  • Consign Trilogy – A Westchester fashionista’s hidden treasure. Pick from handmade French hair accessories, non-toxic beauty products, organic tees, crystals or you could also let your fashionable friend find her next outfit with a gift card.
  • Haute Hamper – Also for your favorite fashionista, a gift card to the concierge service for all her fashion woes – she can schedule pick up, fit, shoe repair, and cleaning for garments and tapestries.
  • Love Leeann – Shop online or book an appointment to shop Leeann’s trending collection of pouches, sunglasses, & kimonos. Gift cards available.
  • Maisonette – One of those well-curated stores I day-dream about. Low maintenance wreaths, bar accessories, leather pouches, and further more, holiday candles. 

Especially relevant, no one wants just a gift card.

Use your inner joker and creative wrapper to also give the gift of a fun story. However if your creative alter-ego is off sipping egg nog, below are some ideas to achieve wrappers delight: 

  • Layers – Alternate layers of wrapping papers. A bag, in a bag, inside a bag. Another version, keep boxes that fit inside one another, put your gift in the inner box and wrapping the largest. 
  • Size Matters – Find a large box or bag, weight with something inexpensive (rocks, dirt, or sand in a sandwich bag).
  • Disguise – Bury that blow out gift card in a cereal box. Put that cycling gift card in a box of chocolates. Maybe unroll a couple sheets from a paper towel roll and tuck that concierge dry cleaning gift card in with a note about extra help needed to clean up those holiday messes.

Tis’ the season – How do you get creative with holiday wrapping?

Still not finding the perfect gift? Read for more great ideas!

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Maggie grew up in Missouri and Illinois. After graduating with a BA in English, Maggie eventually found her way to New York. Surviving the layoffs and grueling hours of an investment bank during the financial meltdown was enough to make Maggie quit and go back to school. This time, she followed her creative spirit and studied jewelry design. Maggie and her husband welcomed their daughter Ele {July 2013} and moved their little family from the city to the suburbs of Westchester. In Westchester Maggie was irrepressible, opening her jewelry design boutique, Alice & Chains Jewelry; she founded a Chamber of Commerce; blogged for Westchester County Moms Blog as well as started her own running blog to combat local pedestrian safety issues. Then in typical fashion, life happened - Maggie’s husband was offered a job in Houston. Maggie fuels herself on chocolate, decaf, and old school gangster rap. If it happens to be a sunny afternoon you can find Maggie working outside on her laptop alongside with her bossy dachshund Lexxie {November 2003} and her family’s newest addition, a Rhodesian Ridgeback Masha {November 2018}. You can follow Maggie on Facebook and Instagram @aliceandchainsjewelry.